Update 10/14/17 I sold the 390 during the mining craze and bought a gtx 970 for half the price i sold it for, also attached the h105 to the cpu and love the look! (see last photo) i will make a updated post when i get a new case, more ram, and possibility a new gpu.
This has been a long time coming, I first started looking into part about a year ago with the thought of building at the end of the year. Although that did not happen i still got the build completed in March 2016. Also if you can’t tell this pc was not build for being best bang for buck, one main reason i didn’t get a 980ti was i bought the 390 and like two months later came across some extra money and bought the h105 (looking back now i wish i saved the money but whatever).
Personally if you have a good name for your build i’m more likely to click on it. As for my name i wanted something that has not been posted on this site before and something that is unique, after taking some time i came up with Arctic Storm as the build has a arctic look (white) and runs really cold at 50c most of the time.
Reason for the build:
There are two main reasons for building this pc, one being the fact that i had (and still do) a reference gtx 550ti and a old Apu with no upgrade path. At some point i could not take having setting on as low as they can go and still not get 60fps and if i wanted to listen to music with 30fps was a dream (this was in cs-go). Second was the fact of building the pc, even back to when i was 8 i would get my mom to take me to Radioshack and get me some switches and motors to play around with. This grew my understanding of electronics and my love for electronics and technology.
Somethings i need to explain
First off this started out to be a Austin Evans build off of youtube, but as i grew more into building another pc i got into knowing the right parts and changed almost if not all of the parts. Second a lot of the parts (if not all) have custom prices listed, i did this to show the deals i got and how much i bought my parts for.
At the time of buying this Nov 2015 lga 1151 was still at a high price and did not give a lot more performance over lga 1150. Also i got this cpu on sale at Microcenter for $179.99, when i saw this i knew i had to get it as it would most likely not go on sale for that price in along time. Along with getting a great deal on it, it was the first part i bought (that i would end up using in the build, more on that later)
Cpu cooler- Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK
Aside from the long name i love this cooler! its color scheme fits my build and keep my temps around 50c in gaming, i have not tried overclocking but i'm thinking about it, what’s your opinion on overclocking?
MotherBoard-MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition
Like the cpu cooler it fits my build and has everything i need. One thing i will say is even though i’m glad i didn't, some part of me wishes i bought the Asus SaberTooth Mark s Motherboard.
Ram-Kingston HyperX 4gb*2
Ram is Ram, it fits my build like everything else and 8gb is enough for me.
Gpu-Xfx r9 390
This gpu was bought with the intent of spray painting it white like some of the builds on here but as you can see that did not happen. Something else that did not happen was that at one point i bought a gtx 960 4gb @ $160 and i wanted to buy one more and sli it. although it was a good price for the 4gb model i saw the price of the r9 390 and shipped it back to Newegg. Looking back on that now i'm glad i did not go with the sli route because on of my main games i play (Rust) does not currently support sli or crossfire and i would not gain anything from having 2 cards.
My main reason for buying this is that the card was really loud underload and i think it makes the card look good, and for the card to stay at high 40s and low 50s underload. Also i wanted to gain experience with taking apart a gpu and water cooling even though it was an all-in-one. Also please note that to make the h105 fit in this case you will have to bend the cable management thing!
Ram-Kingston hyperX fury 1866
I chose this ram because i didn’t feel i needed to highest speed ram and overclocking was something i didn’t feel was needed. Also i like how it looks and it has good reviews.
Let me just start out with great customer support from Nzxt, after i built my pc one of the usb ports on the case didn’t work. After checking the motherboard connections and the wires i contacted them and they sent me a new io which worked fine. Overall i love this case, the fact that it has a basement and a clean look i like too. Two complaints i have though is i feel the area for cable management in the back could have been a little bit thicker because the cables that come with the evga psu i bought before i got custom cables are bunched up together and make the side panel hard to close. Also the side panel window scratches easily, so i will be changing it out with something else (leave suggestions below for what i should get). Also again please note that to make the h105 fit in this case you will have to bend the cable management thing!
Psu-Evga 750watt g2
I wanted something that would give some wiggle room and that i could trust to not kill my components. A lot of people have used this people and have given good reviews of this psu which let me to buy it also.
Honesty i wanted something that could reduce my boot times and still have some space for a few games, when i found this ssd (Pny 240gb) for $59 i bought it and installed windows on it. As for the hard drive it was from a old build and gives extra space where it’s needed.
psu cables I felt i needed custom cables to make the build look good and i got them for $45 in total with shipping. One thing i don’t like about these cables is the fact that they are not stat stiff, this means that i have to have cable combs or they don’t look good (they came with 2 for each cable).
Fans I wanted good airflow along with good looks. When i bought the corsair fans i bought, 2 120 sp’s for intake and 1 140 af for outtake (i wanted positive af). Soon after receiving the fans i realized that the s340 doesn’t support 140mm fans in the back, not wanting to go through shipping it back i just bought a 120 and put it there and installed the 140 in the top, i did this because i didn’t like the look of one fan in the top. Not wanting negative-af i made the fans in the back run at a lower speed to counter it.
White carbon fiber tape As you will see i put this on the ssd, inside the case, and on the front of the case. I did this because i wanted to give the ssd a better look and fit in with the case, this is why i put it on the case too.
If you made it through the whole thing thank you very much! I love the community here and love to see other builds on here! If you have any questions please post and all anwser soon, as i get on here often just to look at a few builds and hide in the shadows with a few comments here and there.